Medway is at the heart of the Thames Gateway, only 30 miles from central London. It's a vibrant, thriving destination offering a rich cultural heritage as well as a thriving economy.

It takes its name from the magnificent river that flows through it. Medway comprises the five towns of Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham, Rainham and Strood.

Medway’s economy is worth £4.8bn, with a growth rate ahead of the rest of the UK. The projected growth in Medway’s economy is helped by Medway’s geographical position, benefiting from comprehensive transport links within the UK and Europe.

Medway enjoys a rich heritage, diverse population, varied landscapes and a promising future with opportunities for growth and development. It is the combination of these elements that makes Medway a unique and special place to live, work and visit.

Read more about Medway the place (Pdf).

Travel in Medway

Medway is well connected to the rest of south east England and the rest of the country.

Road

Medway can easily be reached using major motorways.

From north, south and west via M25/A2/M2 from junctions 1 to 4. From London via M25, M26, or M20 junctions 4 for A228 or 6 for A229.

Rail

Train services in Medway are operated by Southeastern.

Medway has five main rail stations:

  • Strood
  • Rochester
  • Chatham
  • Gillingham
  • Rainham

London Victoria, Cannon Street, Charing Cross and London Bridge provide regular services to Chatham and takes about 55 minutes.

There are also regular high speed trains (HS1) from London St Pancras Station to Chatham taking just 40 minutes.

Castle in Medway by the river